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"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Investors approve of latest Fed action

Stocks have rebounded on encouraging economic news, bringing indexes to new highs and the Dow Jones industrial and transportation averages within 2 percent of their May highs. Along with improving labor statistics and the Federal Reserve’s decision to continue buying bonds and keep interest rates low, the news confirms a bullish trend for the market.

Job growth alone won’t support increased stock prices, but in the long run, it helps boost U.S. corporate profits. Moves above all-time Dow industrial average highs of 15,409.39 will confirm a bullish primary trend.

At an economic conference last week, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke explained how the central bank views the economy, emphasizing that the economy must accommodate monetary policy for the “foreseeable future.”

With bond yields rising slightly and bond-fund investors suffering losses, those in the bullish camp argue that money will continue to rotate from bonds to stocks.

Stock market volatility has accelerated in July, and further weakness is possible in the near term, despite the encouraging primary trend. However, secondary corrections are necessary evils in a bull market.

The bottom line for this week reveals that the recent market volatility has troubled many investors, because stocks have done nothing unexpected when it comes to a pullback relative to historical corrections and positive moves by the Fed.

Bernanke said the Fed might begin to curb its massive bond-buying program later this year and halt the practice completely by the middle of 2014 if the unemployment rate reaches 6.5 percent.

Two Town Crier “50” stocks made headlines last week.

• Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO; $25.93) has reported higher sales in 14 consecutive quarters. In the past 12 months, the company’s per-share profits rose 13 percent, while its competitors’ decreased 9 percent. The world’s largest supplier of networking equipment, Cisco’s results closely correlate to the performance of the global economy.

Cisco in June introduced a new router capable of handling four times more network traffic than previous incarnations, an upgrade that could generate $2 billion over the next two years.

Even as Cisco expands into higher-growth markets such as cloud computing, it still sticks to what it does best.

Many brokerage houses rate Cisco stock as a focus or long-term buy. Investors should consider purchasing shares – stock has proven resilient during the market’s recent volatility, offers growth potential and yields an annual dividend of 2.8 percent.

• Oracle Corp. (ORCL; $31.98) stock has traded on the Nasdaq exchange since 1986, but effective July 15, the company began trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The company will retain its ticker symbol as it transfers to the NYSE.

Oracle reported soft April-quarter results, with shares slumping and the new dividend hike failing to impress investors. Earnings-per-share increased 5 percent to 87 cents, matching the consensus, while sales held flat at $10.95 billion. New software licenses and subscriptions for cloud software rose 4 percent, offsetting a decline in hardware products and support.

For the July quarter, Oracle expects sales of new licenses and subscriptions to be flat or to increase to 8 percent. The company doubled its quarterly dividend to 12 cents, payable Aug. 2. The yield is 0.8 percent per share.

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